President Hassan Rouhani used his speech at Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York for reiterating Tehran’s continued call for strengthening multilateralism and developing international peace and cooperation.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran, during the past decades has presented before this august forum inspiring initiatives as “Dialogue among Civilizations” and “World Against Violence and Extremism” in line with strengthening multilateralism and developing international peace and cooperation. Iran remains firm and resolute in its intention and warmly shakes the hands of all pro-peace and pro-tolerance leaders,” Rouhani said, addressing Mandela Peace Summit held on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly Session in New York, Tasnim News reported.
The full text of the statement of President Hassan Rouhani is as follows:
In the Name of God the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
At the outset, I would like to express my condolences over the martyrdom of some of our dear fellow Iranians in the terrorist attack in Ahwaz and emphasize the firm determination of my government in the fight against terrorism.
Commemorating the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela on the day that stands for global peace is praiseworthy on the part of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Nelson’s Mandela long and formidable journey to freedom, from birth to growth in a small tribe to joining the anti-racism movement which resulted in long years of imprisonment and ultimately regaining freedom and ascending to presidency are distinctive and unique in the contemporary history.
Mandela was a close and loyal friend of the Islamic Republic of Iran. During the years before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the then royal regime of Iran had established very strong relations with the Zionist entity and the apartheid regime which were among the closest allies of the United States. Iran in those years was the main supplier of energy for both regimes. However, after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the Iranian government, inspired by the will of its people to support the liberation movement of South Africa, severed all its relations with both the Zionist and apartheid regimes. Following the collapse of the Apartheid regime and the establishment of democracy in South Africa, the relations between Iran and South Africa entered a new phase which is increasingly developing.